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Kate Repeats Her Sparkly Séraphine for Grenfell Tower Families

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Today the Duchess of Cambridge attended a Christmas party for children affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. The party was hosted by the Rugby Portobello Trust, a charity in Kensington that has been working to support children and families from Grenfell. A week ago I said that if Kate stayed true to form for Christmas parties, she'd wear red. Kate got close, but skewed on the dark side of the red family in her purple maternity coat from Séraphine.


The Grenfell Tower burned in June of this year after a fire broke out on the fourth floor and quickly accelerated, trapping residents in the upper floors and engulfing the complex in fames. Tragically, 71 people were killed. A National Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul's on the 14th, and William, Harry, and Kate will all be at that event.

Princess Kate arrives @RugbyPortobello for a Christmas party with kids and families affected by Grenfell Tower tragedy six months ago pic.twitter.com/xPs3ifz2mS — Simon Perry (@SPerryPeoplemag) December 12, 2017

Thursday will be (understandably) very somber, but today's spirit is much lighter as the Duchess played the special guest with a touch of St. Nick, too, as she handed out gifts.

According to Kensington Palace, the Rugby Portobello Trust runs a variety of support programs including homework clubs, and social and sport outlets, and even help with tuition.

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During her visit, Kate visited some of the ongoing music workshops run by the charity. Here we have another peek at the black dress Kate has on underneath her coat. 

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My favorite moment of the visit came when Kate set the table with the help of some of the little ones.


I love that they had Christmas Crackers for this party. I suspect most everyone is familiar with these, but if you aren't, they are the absolute best holiday table accessory. You pull them open by the tabs, and they pop/crack as they split apart (I am sure George loves these). Inside, there is generally a paper crown, a little joke or a riddle, and a little trinket in the form of a miniature game or toy. They add a lot of festive excitement to the dinner table. You can find them at most home goods stores around this time of year--World Market carries them, and the Middletons' Party Pieces company is selling a number of cute designs including reindeer crackers. I was just looking them over yesterday... :) 

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Kate closed off her visit by presenting the centre with a thank-you letter for all the hard work the organization accomplishes. Victoria Murphy shared this video on Twitter:

Kate chose to recycle for this event and wore the tweedy maternity coat she first debuted on her chilly evening arrival at the Carlyle in New York.  I think this is one of Kate's most popular maternity looks thus far, and social media is pleased as punch to see it back again.


Because this is a party for people who experienced one of 2017 most notable tragedies (as large as that number has been, regrettably), it provided a bit of a style challenge. Kate hit the mark with this rich aubergine tweed shot through with sparkle thread. It's a nice balance, after all, despite the tragedy, today's event is a party, not a funeral.


Kate carried her Bayswater clutch from Mulberry and wore her new Tod's pumps, but I am most excited to see her wearing her Asprey Button Pendant earrings. These earrings are a relatively new addition to Kate's closet...


...but they match her necklace which the Duchess has been wearing for many years. Below, Kate wears it to the Savory wedding in 2010.


This is a big win for me. As a number of you have mentioned, at this stage in her pregnancy, Kate really does need to wear maternity coats instead of trying to make larger sizes of other outerwear pieces work. This coat is so flattering on Kate and gave her polished and festive look for this sweet event. Choosing the Asprey earrings, which feature a small center amethyst surrounded by diamonds, was the perfect choice to match the coat and add sparkle. This look was perfect from tip to toe.


Earlier this morning, Kensington Palace tweeted this clip of teh Duke and Duchess receiving the Blue Peter badge for their workin mental health. As one commenter remarked on Twitter, the two seem genuinely delighted ot receive the honor:

A final comment, I have posted another Kate's Clothes Quiz on my Instagram Stories. It will expire tonight at 6pm EST. Run and test your Kate Credentials before it disappears!



83 comments:

  1. Oh I was so excited to see this coat out and about once again...until I got to the shoes. Oprah says - you notice a persons shoes immediately, and I was hoping once again she'd bring out some booties. I feel the thick heel falls flat with such a delicate coat. I'll just look from the bottom of the beautiful coat up because that's all on point! I also think her hair has some extra needed bounce in it compared to last week. And what a thoughtful engagement. Tis the season!

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  2. REAll loving her hair today!!!

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    1. Oh, yes!!! Love the top pic of it. ❤️❤️❤️ Her hair is on the comeback!!👏👩🏻💃

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    2. Oh I agree! Some people may consider this style dated but it suits her so well. Much much better than the center part with the wishy washy length and curls. The darker color here is fabulous as well.

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  3. Honestly this whole maternity wear is a joke. I don't think this coat looks very faltering on her. she looks much better in the custom non-maternity wear. I don't think it looks faltering. it does not seem to fit her right and seems to had bulk or lumps wear there shouldn't be. Princess Kate looks much better in non maternity wear that has been custom made or tailored for her. She should continue with that look at least she will be able to wear it again. she is still early on in the pregnancy and not showing much that she can wear those clothes and have them tailored after to wear again. The maternity wear is expensive and looks cheap, Princess kate looks much better in custom or non maternity wear and should continue with that look. I like her hair a lot it need to be Longer though more 2011/2012 but overall her hair looks much better then previous engagements. I like her shoes but the pointy toe needs to go ASAP not only does it look so five years ago. The pointy toe shoes are uncomfortable and bad for your feet especially during pregnancy. She needs to wear a round toe with a platform she should invest in some of her favorite Emmy pumps the Natasha in a variety of colors especially black. They are good classic investment pieces that look great and will forever. I hope she goes back to dressing herself and continues on the non-maternity route with some of the tweaks I have mentioned. If everyone else feels entitled to tell Princess Kate how to look and dress I should at least say my piece I actually want her to look Beautiful and Comfortable. While adhering to her original style. I actually like Princess Kate to look like a Princess and dress in beautiful clothes. Not wear cheap stuff or weird hairdos because I want her to dress like me even though it's not a great look or against her taste. I also want her to look beautiful and am not interested in making her dress bad or cut her hair funny so she looks less beautiful like some people in the media, press, and others do.

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  4. Honestly this whole maternity wear is a joke. I don't think this coat looks very faltering on her. she looks much better in the custom non-maternity wear. I don't think it looks faltering. it does not seem to fit her right and seems to had bulk or lumps wear there shouldn't be. Princess Kate looks much better in non maternity wear that has been custom made or tailored for her. She should continue with that look at least she will be able to wear it again. she is still early on in the pregnancy and not showing much that she can wear those clothes and have them tailored after to wear again. The maternity wear is expensive and looks cheap, Princess kate looks much better in custom or non maternity wear and should continue with that look. I like her hair a lot it need to be Longer though more 2011/2012 but overall her hair looks much better then previous engagements. I like her shoes but the pointy toe needs to go ASAP not only does it look so five years ago. The pointy toe shoes are uncomfortable and bad for your feet especially during pregnancy. She needs to wear a round toe with a platform she should invest in some of her favorite Emmy pumps the Natasha in a variety of colors especially black. They are good classic investment pieces that look great and will forever. I hope she goes back to dressing herself and continues on the non-maternity route with some of the tweaks I have mentioned. If everyone else feels entitled to tell Princess Kate how to look and dress I should at least say my piece I actually want her to look Beautiful and Comfortable. While adhering to her original style. I actually like Princess Kate to look like a Princess and dress in beautiful clothes. Not wear cheap stuff or weird hairdos because I want her to dress like me even though it's not a great look or against her taste. I also want her to look beautiful and am not interested in making her dress bad or cut her hair funny so she looks less beautiful like some people in the media, press, and others do.

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  5. Whenever I see videos with Kate talking these days, all I can think is how she’s mastered that royal nonplussed look that William and Charles do so well.

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  6. I got a little emotional looking at that picture of her from 2010 and scrolling up two pictures to see her as she is today. Duchess, a mother to almost three, absolutely thriving in her role. She looks so grown up and also just the same :) I will probably never meet this woman but following her for over 10 years has bonded her to me and I wish only good things for her and her family. She looks beautiful in this Seraphine coat - one of my favorites! And her hair looks AMAZING. Not sure if you've seen the video yet but she's getting so good at speaking off the cuff - she is so poised and articulate and warm.

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  7. Anonymous 10.06 (and 08). I hate to nitpick, but she is not "Princess Kate" she is HRH the Duchess of Cambridge or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. She dropped the Kate for formal use once she was engaged, and went back to her full and beautiful name. She is not a Princess, she is a royal duchess. If you want to call her a princess than she should be Princess William. When her husband becomes Prince of Wales, she will be known as Catherine, Princess of Wales but not Princess Catherine. She will however in due time, become Queen Catherine.
    Anyway now that I have got that off my chest...I think she looks great. When you say you want her to look like Princess what does that actually mean? Poofy dress and a sparkly crown? Glass slippers.? She's a working royal - not my 2 year old granddaughter dressing up as Cinderella.

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    1. Also hate to nitpick, but she isn't "Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge" because she isn't a widow or divorced. She's the Duchess of Cambridge. Nor will she be "Catherine, Princess of Wales" so long as she remains married to William. She'll be the Princess of Wales. She is a princess, albeit not of the blood, which is I think the point you're trying to make. As for how her name is styled via title or "Kate" v. "Catherine," I think the Palace has made it clear on a number of occasions that they're not too pressed about it. At this point, when I hear "Princess Kate" I view it almost as a term of endearment.

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    2. "Official or not, perhaps the real authority on what to call Kate is this: When registering Prince George's birth, William wrote her name as "Catherine Elizabeth, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge." (He wrote a slash through married surname.) Job title? "Princess of the United Kingdom.""

      It is confusing. Both the Wiki pages for Catherine and her late mother-in-law are headed "Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge" and "Diana, Princess of Wales" Not that Wiki is the gold standard of titular expertise. I know that Jane has an excellent article somewhere here, on the specifics of being a Princess and/or a Duchess.

      My daughter is Kathryn. I specifically chose a short version of the three most acceptable ways of spelling the name, because I did not want it shortened to Kate or Katie. Not sure why I thought that would make a difference - but it worked. She has always gone by her full name :)

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    3. I believe they use her formal name, Catherine, when they are being "official" at events or on letterhead. I cannot imagine that, after all these years, they just dropped calling her Kate in private. When she is at an engagement and people call her name, Kate, she turns and waves. Didn't she, at one point, say either is fine with her? Diana, Princess of Wales is the styling they gave her after the divorce when she was no longer "The" Princess of Wales. William's styling on the children's birth certificates tells us exactly what is proper. Her job is Princess, her title is HRH, the Duchess of Cambridge.

      As for the other issue you addressed re: 10:06 comment, I personally didn't understand a word of what was written there. It was a confusing post. Sometimes I do want to see her in a poofy princess dress and a sparkling crown though! Although I think glass slippers would be hideously uncomfortable and, honestly, one slip and you could end up needing stitches.

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    4. Can we please stop all the BS and just enjoy the Kate watching? I think as an informational item, talking and explaining the different titles is wonderful.

      But, my gosh, if someone wants to call her Princess Kate, who cares?!? I know Kate certainly wouldn't.

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  8. Great, fast post, Jane. I especially liked the award video. I don't think they realised they were getting it, if that is possible. William looked pleased and surprised when the presenter reached behind her to get the boxes. Almost as though it is some sort of status symbol that he can boast to his friends about. "I always wanted one of those." . anon1
    And that photo of Kate walking in front of the car--she looked beautiful , rested, and happy.

    Did you notice that bit where she rested her hand on William's thigh-a sort of "There you go!" pat.
    On Thursday I would like to see the Navy outfit she previously wore with the tanzanite jewelry to a service. She is at least half-way through her pregnancy- no longer early days.
    She usually sticks to maternity wear about now.anon1

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    1. I wonder about the Marlene Birger's coat she wore when pregnant with George....

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    2. The powder blue one? I'll have to check Kate's Clothes. She will probably wear a darker color for a memorial service.anon1

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    3. At some point during this pregnancy I hope we see the champagne lace maternity recycled and the beautiful pink coat with the pearl buttons. Two of my favorite maternity looks for her.

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    4. I hope she repeats this coat ... Pregnant or not! :-)

      https://us.hellomagazine.com/imagenes/royalty/2013032111708/kate-middleton-princess-mary-coat/0-59-797/kate-middleton-mary--z.jpg

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    5. That's the which one I was suggesting, royalfan.

      Anon 1.29

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    6. I think she may be too far along for the Marlene Birger coat but I would love it see it too. That's a great coat and she looked amazing at that engagement.

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    7. To your point, royalfan, I think the MB coat would look great on Kate even if she were not pregnant.

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    8. Robin-5:23- there are so many great maternity outfits, including those two you mentioned. Maybe a chance to see them late March, but I think she may have had her last pre-natal engagement by then. The season is slightly off. I also like the gray wrap dress she wore early on with George but she won't fit into that by now. We may never see some of those again. I can't imagine another pregnancy. The three rounds of HG have taken a toll, I think.
      I did get my wish for today, sort of: Jane has put up a beautiful photo...all Navy blue. It looks like the sapphires instead of Tanzanite, though.anon1

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  9. She looks lovely today! Her hair looks great (especially on arrival shots in the sun), though if I still had my long hair and a stylist at my beck and call, I would have The Fanciest updos every day of the week. Would have loved to see the booties she wore last time, but the heels don't ruin the ensemble by any means. :)

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    1. Mary from ManchesterDecember 12, 2017 at 12:57 PM

      Are you talking about the suede boots? I think it was Lizzie who pointed out the boots have worn spots on them. I wish she'd get a new pair.

      I agree she looks lovely today. She looks healthy, so I hope the morning sickness has passed.

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    2. The booties she wore with it in New York?

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    3. I would call the NYC shoes shooties but, yeah, they remain my preference with this coat too, although these shoes are wonderful too. Would love to see the shootie/ booties again. The high heel and more delicate design off set the coat perfectly, I think.

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    4. Gee, Faith, I was so proud using the term "bootie." Now you say there is a "shootie," too? :+) anon1

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    5. Anon1 @11:09, you and me both!! Thanks for the giggle! :-))

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    6. Anytime, royalfan. :+) I can't help envisioning a baby bootie. Strange world, the world of fashion. The terminology is as hard for me to keep up with as medical terms. anon1

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    7. Just saw this! Yes, there are shooties:) For the record, I dislike both names and wish they'd come up with other titles for for them. Maybe we should just call all of them shoes....

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  10. I’m surprised at how long her hair has gotten. I guess time really does fly by. I feel like it was just shoulder length a few weeks ago.

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    1. For most women, grows faster when you're pregnant and comes in thicker, too due to the influence of the hormones.

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    2. And about 3 months after delivery comes the "big shed" for many women--all the hormonally-retained "resting" hairs complete the postponed cycle and fall out :(

      I agree with Mary though--Kate's hair does seem to grow very fast.

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  11. Kate looks lovely today. I wish she would take her coat off when inside though. I was happy when she removed her coat during the previous engagement and revealed the red dress underneath.

    When does the coat stay on and when does it come off...is there a pattern?

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    1. There is no pattern that I can discern...except to distinguish different events the same day. But also, many of the coats are no heavier than a suit jacket. Thus not a big deal to wear indoors.

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  12. Happy end of the semester, Jane!

    I love this look on Kate. I agree that the choice was perfect for the occasion and she looked absolutely lovely from head to toe. The videos of her with the children are just priceless. She is so natural with them that she reminds me a great deal of Diana and the special rapport she had with children. I also think she is a much better public speaker when she's off script. Her presentation was sincere and lovely.

    The video of W&K getting the badge is very touching. They seem genuinely appreciative It was cute when they were told HM has one and Kate said "I think we've got a lot more work to do." This was a fun post!

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    1. Thanks Robin! :) I am so enjoying returning to the land of the living. I've been sleeping and reading a lot. I just started a book on Emma Hamilton, Lord nelson's mistress, and loving it. Breaks are so lovely.

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  13. I love this coat, she wears it so elegantly. Also I am happy to see the return of the side part. A truly lovely event.
    The video of the Blue Peter Badge was fun, and their brief moment of PDA was cute. Saw William and Harry arriving at the Star Wars premiere this evening, and they both looked handsome.

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  14. I thought Kate looked very lovely today in a classic "Kate" outfit, but I am totally perplexed as to why in the world she leaves her coat on through the entire event - she doesn't even unbutton it. It seems a little standoffish and rude to me - saying she's basically here for an hour or so then leaving.

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  15. Great post, Jane, thank you! I love this coat, too, even with the styling that seemed to bother some people. She looks lovely and well-rested! I love the video of W & K getting their gold badges - they do seem to be sincerely touched by that.

    I'm sorry I missed the Instagram story you posted! I do love a good Kate quiz, and yours are actually challenging. Is there any chance that you'd leave it up longer next time for those of us on the West Coast? I'm afraid I don't start playing on the computer until after I've finished my work day!

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    1. I am so sorry you missed the quiz. I have no control over how long it stays up. With Instagram, the Story stays live for 24 hours and then disappears, but IG just instituted a new "highlights" feature which allows you to add back old stories. I haven't used it before, so I am not sure how it will work, but I just put the quiz in the highlights if you want to take it! Not sure if it will stay up indefinitely or what..., we'll soon see!

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  16. I just read comments on a blog where 50% of the remarks either criticised her indoor coat-wearing or defended it. One commenter even suggested that it meant she wasn't accepting her pregnancy. Others said it was poor "branding."
    I've really enjoyed most of the comments here on this post so far.
    I think it is a well-known fact that sometimes she wears her coat indoors and sometimes not. At times, when she has multiple stops, wearing or removing her coat can help distinguish the visits from each other. Sometimes she is wearing a heavier coat and she usually removes those, unless it is a sports event. Sometimes there is no apparent reason. Does there really need to be?

    I seriously doubt that the mothers and children thought Kate didn't want to be there or was anxious to leave. I think they would have been perplexed if you asked them if they thought she was being rude or standoffish. She was obviously relaxed and involved in a number of activities, including a private meeting with Tower families. I fail to see how any of her interactions could be called rude or standoffish. The other women were wearing a variety of outfits, many in jackets or heavy sweaters.
    This coat business seems like a non-issue to me that is brought out by some to provide a point of contention or in lieu of any meaningful point. I did get a vibe of simple curiosity by one commenter. anon1

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    1. Think we might've been reading the same blog, anon1, and find it a bit tiresome to read the same critiques over and over again. Really, who cares whether or why Kate kept her coat on, indoors. The thought I had was that perhaps she kept it on when with the kids because it was cheerier than the black dress underneath, but may've felt it more appropriate to remove her coat when meeting with Grenfell survivors in private. Just Kate and her fetish for symbolic dressing.

      What struck me was how much healthier and less tired she looked when compared with some of her recent engagements, and how delighted she seemed when playing Mrs. Clause. Must say that I was a tad surprised that William wasn't with her, but instead sent a framed written message. Anyone know if he had a conflicting event?

      It was lovely to see W&K receiving their Gold Blue Peter Badges, too. And am I losing it, or is Kate more relaxed speaking in front of an audience, with cameras rolling, and without notes?

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    2. I'm with you. I don't see the big deal about wearing a coat or not. I don't think those she visits care. They are just happy to interact and see Catherine. Perhaps the critical posters are just projecting their values. And as I posted elsewhere, most of her coats are very lightweight, no heavier than a suit jacket. So what if she wears them indoors.

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    3. I agree with your comments about Kate's demeanor, JC. I personally found the middle trimester the most comfortable. Or the HD has finally let up. Or Charlotte has finally finished cutting her molars and Kate got some uninterrupted sleep.
      William has been busy doing so much networking and organizing with the Foundation and the internet bullying focus. Heads Together is still around, there is tour prep with speeches to learn and help with HM personal duties. He may even stay home with George and Charlotte from time to time. I suspect they trade off whenever possible, according to remarks William has made. Wasn't the Star Wars premiere that evening? anon1

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    4. Your criticisms belong on the other blog. Are posters here happy if this blog is criticised elsewhere?

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    5. I did voice my objections there, ANONYMOUS, as an ANONYMOUS also. I rarely comment there but it was getting ridiculous . I was using the comments on another blog as an example of what I didn't want to happen here- anon1

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    6. There are a lot of blogs. I don't think Anon1 said anything that would identify the blog such that it would be inappropriate to post here.

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    7. I just posted this elsewhere and I will share my thoughts here as well... Frankly, I don't understand the coat-on/coat-off debate. This isn't a heavy overcoat and it's the way Kate has been dressing for 6+ years. Look at the Queen; has she been accused of rushing if she keeps her coat, hat, and/or gloves on?

      Regarding hair extensions: I don't know (not an expert) and honestly don't care. And how are they different from wearing lipstick or eye make up? Or using hair color? Isn't it far more important that her heart and intentions are genuine? Isn't that was truly matters? I think so. :-)

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    8. When a person's appearance is emphacised so much that the person becomes a brand, I think not only is the emphasis misplaced--something of the person's essence is lost with the quest for perfection. I think Kate may be trying for a balance. There are times--tour arrivals and departures, formal royal events--that perfection is needed for historical events. At other times, I think she tries to down-play her appearance, or at least hold on to something of herself.
      Royalfan-I think some of the extension debate is honest dislike of hair pieces. However, I agree that they are no different from other fashion and beauty embellishments. I also believe that some of the debate is just part of an oft-repeated litany of ways to discount Kate as a person..."she presents herself as being a natural beauty," etc. My reply would be. When did she say that? Others may have said that but it is a use of an originally false statement as proof for another statement. anon1

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    9. I'll try to watch my references to other blogs. I only read 3-4 on a regular basis and comment for the most part only here. My intentions were good but perhaps I went about it the wrong way and offended some. I won't promise not to offend again, just not in that way. ;+)

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    10. Anon1, I believe you are exactly right. On the more formal and historic occasions Kate absolutely nails it from head to toe. But for the "average workday", she tries to avoid being seen as a fashionista. Considering the family she married into, I believe she has earned a master's degree in diplomacy. :-)

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    11. After taking some of lizzie's? JC's? comments to heart, I have revised my original thought that she purposefully plans her attire to not look "perfect," to the idea that she is trying to maintain a sense of self.
      I think we have both discussed the formal versus everyday aspect of her choices, royalfan.

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  17. Kate looks so pretty in these photos... she’s positively glowing! I loved this coat the first time she wore it and always hoped we would see it again. I haven’t been a fan of Kate's recent hairstyles, but I think her hair looked very nice today. It seems to be a bit longer and not quite as wavy, which I think is more flattering.

    Why Kate keeps her coat on indoors has always puzzled me, too. I really wish we could have seen the dress underneath the coat. But otherwise, this was a big win for me.

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    1. Since this coat was my favorite piece she wore during her last pregnancy, I was thrilled to see it too. I love the color and the hint of sparkle while the length silhouette is extremely flattering. Looks much better on her than the last coat. I hope we see her in maternity wear from now on.

      I know the optics of keeping her coat on is not the best. Imo, as she had a black dress underneath, she kept it on to look more festive and less somber. Unfortunately, black is the easiest color to wear with this coat. I did like the comment made by Autryville that Kate's coats should be seen as accessory instead of a functional coat,

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    2. I pretty much agree Faith. Black probably is the easiest to match with this coat although a matching plum would be lovely too. But I find it hard to see Kate's coats as "accessories." To me a clothing accessory is some sort of smaller item--purse, hat, belt, shawl, scarf and so on--that compliments the main outfit--whether that outfit is a dress, suit, sweater & skirt, trouser suit, whatever. Accessories add polish and "finish" the existing main outfit. But Kate's coats usually ARE the main outfit. Often we don't see what's worn underneath except for a small sliver when she's walking. So to me that's very different from, say, wearing a paisley shawl with an outfit to add warmth and polish.

      Some have pointed out HMTQ often leaves her coats on. She does but I can come MUCH closer to seeing her coats as an accessory or part of her overall look. Her entire outfits are bespoke and the coats are often designed to be worn with a particular dress. Frequently the coats have a lower neck so the top of the dress clearly shows (& often multi-strand pearls too.) Except for true winter coats with fur collars, her coats don't seem to be buttoned up to the neck like Kate's. Many of HM's coats have buttons that end fairly high up so more than a tiny sliver of the dress hem shows when walking. Those for warmer temperatures are often designed to be worn entirely open, not buttoned up. Her hats are color-coordinated with her dresses and coats. And she often wears brooches on the coat making the coat look more "outfit-like" than Kate's coats that to me often do look like cold weather garb. I'm not suggesting Kate dress like HM! But the differences I've cited I think are the reasons Kate's coats tend to stand out to many of us when worn indoors at certain kinds of events while HM's do not. The Seraphine coat is lovely but it was first worn in public at night in NYC in December. She must have been freezing if it's more like wearing a blazer or suit jacket and is not to be considered a true coat (as some have suggested.)

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    3. I think she was wearing a long-sleeved, high necked dress underneath in NYC--probably for warmth. I am not sure if there were any photos taken indoors at that time.
      Otherwise, great presentation of your ideas, lizzie. Your comment was well-thought out and logically explained. You almost had me convinced. Ha! anon1

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    4. She was two minutes outdoors in New York, how many different shots have you seen??

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    5. I believe she went on to another venue for an engagement where she removed her coat. I think she had been wearing the black turtle neck Seraphina and she wore that long diamond necklace.anon1

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    6. Anon1, That time she was wearing a fucsia Mulberry "Cerise" coat, she was earlier at the World Trade Center.
      However Kate wore the Sheraphine when arriving in NY... and they entered the hotel.. immediately..

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    7. My point in reply (11::19) to lizzie's comment was she was wearing warm clothing under the coat, supporting a theory that it was not a heavy weight coat that required removal indoors. Kate's Clothes states she was wearing an "unidentified black dress" under the coat in the hotel arrival photos in NYC. The black showing on the top of the neck indicates it was turtleneck or at least high collared. It is not a stretch to assume it was the Seraphine since it is known she had the dress with her on the trip .
      She may have worn that dress September 9 to the WTC site under the cerise coat--which is also an assumption based, on her being seen later in the Seraphine. She apparently wore the Seraphine all day, but by the late-day appearance where she wore the necklace she had changed her purse and coat--to a black coat, not the WTC cerise one, by the way. I think there was a meeting with the British Counsel when she was also wearing a black coat. I think that was on December 9, as well.

      You were correct that she made no public appearances after that hotel arrival photo was taken.anon1

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    8. The objection to Kate wearing a coat inside a building is that she looks like she is in a rush to leave,according to some. Whether the Queen is wearing a colore coordinated dress,a brooch, pearls, or whatever she is still guilty of what some are blaming Kate for, namely looking like she is about to rush off. Everyone can see she's wearing a coat. It's not camouflaged in any way.

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    9. I disagree Anon 10:29. Except for fur-trimmed true winter coats, the Queen's coats--quite often designed to be worn with matching dresses (dresses that show at the neckline and the hem & sometimes that show even more than that)-- look like part of *an ensemble,* particularly when a brooch is worn on the coat. Kate's coats often cover up what she is wearing underneath--sometimes to the point that even super-sleuths very familiar with her wardrobe and current fashion offerings can't determine what the underneath item is. About all we know from the teeny tiny peek we sometimes have of the hem is that whatever is underneath is usually color-coordinated with the coat color. That's not unusual for the cold weather coats many of us wear. But as a result, Kate's coats tend to look like outerwear worn for warmth (& are often marketed that way by their designers), and look much less like a part of a matched ensemble. It is also hard for me to view Kate's coats as "accessories" to her full outfit (as was discussed by another poster here) when the coat IS the main outfit & other accessories (shoes, tights, clutch) seem chosen to accessorize it.

      If I was having a social gathering at my home and a guest kept on a coat that clearly was made to match her dress I'd likely not find that too unusual. But a guest who chooses to retain her winter coat? Buttoned up to the neck? I'd certainly quickly check the thermostat to see if it was colder in my house than I thought! And I'd probably think the guest must be planning a very short stay or I'd worry she might be feeling ill at ease or worry she might even be physically ill. Wearing a coat indoors does tend to send those kinds of implicit messages to many people. I can't remember if I've ever been to an indoor event where a speaker was wearing an actual coat--particularly a buttoned up to the neck one--when speaking...blazers, cardigan-type sweaters, duster-length jackets, suit jackets...sure. But not an actual coat totally covering the underneath outfit. Kate's tendency to keep her coats on at indoor events has been mentioned on other pro-Kate blogs too so I know those of us raising the issue here aren't alone in our take on it. I also realize other posters don't see it as an issue. 

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    10. A coat is a coat whether you think it's coordinated to the dress or not. The general public does not care about this.

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  18. Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous! The hair, the coat, even the shoes. I was actually surprised to see they had a grippy bottom, which I think is quite smart for this time of year (or anytime for me). As a professional I am always on the hunt for the perfect shoe that is chic, comfortable, and safe. This wasn't too formal, not casual, just right!

    The video of the Duke & Duchess accepting their gifts was a real treat, especially to see them interact together. I always wonder what their day to day must be like and this was a 2 second glimpse.

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    1. I noticed her shoes too. A grippy bottom or diamonds on the soles of her shoes?
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    2. Tod's were originally know for driving shoes with that grippy bottom. I guess they have carried the feature onto other designs.

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  19. Hahaha at the clip where they get awarded the badge, William reacts quite quickly with a 'wow' whereas Kate is reacting much later, more to copy Williams reaction, which I find quite funny. William has been, after all, much more experienced with these public events, whereas you can see Kate is still learning (..also from him). Cute.
    I have never been a fan of that colour, and also I dont think this lines are quite as practical on a maternity coat, where everything is much more curves and roundness... and the straight lines kind of not do their best work on this.
    I would love to see somne of the older coats Kate wore in her first pregnancy though, like the green one in the Garden party quite late in her pregnancy with George. Or a great yellow one, I can't seem to quite remember when that was, though.
    Looking forward to it!


    Alice

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    1. I think you are thinking of the green Mulberry coat that Kate wore to an outdoor Scouts event at Windsor Castle. She late wore a yellow coat to a BP garden party. I think the yellow was Emilia Wickstead but I could be wrong. I loved the coat but hated the hat, or at least the angle she wore it at. I preferred the green Mulberry but I think Kate wore that quite early and it was a regular coat in a bigger size.

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  20. Looking lovely! The color of that coat is gorgeous on her. And I love the dark tights and shoes, always have. It seems to me the coats she wears are not sturdy, warm winter coats like you and I would wear and then take off once indoors. I see them as more of an accessory, something to help complete her outfit.

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  21. Is this a new pair of Todd's..? She normally wears these in black and this is a brown pair, right?

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    1. I hesitated over that, too, but I think they are black. It appears to just be the light hitting the suede and the stockings differently that is making the shoes look brown by contrast. They look black in other photos, and I cannot see her wearing brown shoes when she has these in black and all her other accessories are black.

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    2. Mary from ManchesterDecember 14, 2017 at 10:13 PM

      Jane, I think the dress, the stockings and the Tods are brown.

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    3. Mary from ManchesterDecember 15, 2017 at 12:16 AM

      Jane, I don't know what happened but I commented on this earlier but it's not here. The shoes, the dress and the stockings are brown.

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    4. Sorry, Mary. It's showing now, right? As soon as I posted I ran out to do some shopping and I didn't check the comments while I was out, which I generally do. If the above comment isn't the missing one, though, it might have been eaten by the interweb. I checked spam and there were no comments there from you.

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    5. Mary from ManchesterDecember 15, 2017 at 1:30 PM

      Thanks, Jane. I should have figured you were busy. Hope you're enjoying your time off.

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  22. LOVE this coat and very happy to see it again. The Tods heels are a win too. I must say the blond lady who greeted her looked fab too! Love those pale plum shoes with her pretty black suit.

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    1. Mary from ManchesterDecember 14, 2017 at 12:04 PM

      I agree, Rebecca. I love this coat and the Tod's heels. I think she choose them because of the non-slip soles. The plum color on her looks good with her dark hair, which is growing in, happily. She looks so healthy and beautiful. And I thought the same about the blonde lady. She looks great, too.

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